Lions struggle offensively in day two at MIAA Crossover

Maryville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern softball team dropped two games today in day two of the MIAA Crossover, falling 5-3 to Missouri Western and 5-2 to Truman State. 

Southern (15-33-1) scored three runs on just two hits in the opener against the Griffons (24-20). Dawn Grass opened up the scoring with a two-run homer in the first, scoring Breanna Volkmann

Western scored a run in each of the second and third innings to tie the game at two, but the Lions went back ahead in the top of the fifth when Angie Turner drove in Kim Diaz while advancing on a fielder's choice. 

The Griffons, however, put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, two unearned. 

Grass drove in two and scored once, while Volkmann had the Lions' lone other hit. 

The Lions fell behind early in game two as Truman (17-22) scored twice in the first. 

Southern answered back with a run in the second, however when Jessica Brooks homered to left center for her second long ball of the season. 

Truman scored two more in the third and a run in the fifth to go up 5-1, before the Lions added a run in the sixth when Brooke Hurley singled through the left side to score Turner. 

Kelli Bax had two hits for the Lions, while four others had a hit each. 

The Lions will finish off the crossover with games against Fort Hays and Nebraska-Omaha.